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Top News: Crime

12-year-old Tamir Rice shot in the gut by police over toy BB gun

Cleveland - Cleveland officers are on paid administrative leave after shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice in the abdomen, despite 911 reports that the gun was "probably a fake" and the boy was "probably a juvenile."

Tourist fined $25,000 for defacing wall of Colosseum in Rome

Rome - A Russian tourist thought he would leave his mark on the 2,000-year-old landmark in Rome, and as he left a 12-inch high letter "K" on the wall inside the Colosseum, his action was spotted by a guard.

Resilient newborn baby flung in drain to die beats odds and lives

On the surface this is a terribly sad story but there is a happiness to it. A newborn was thrown by a mother who could not cope into a drain to die but, by a miracle, days later it was found and is now crawling back to life.

Ohio police officer kills 12-year-old over a fake gun

Cleveland - A 12-year-old boy playing with a replica gun died Sunday after being shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call about a person waving a gun in the park.

Vancouver police shoot and kill man armed with wooden 2 by 4

The Vancouver police were called to the scene of a distraught man standing in an intersection armed with wood, a 2 by 4, on Saturday afternoon. The man would not comply and police, from close range, shot him. He was rushed to hospital but died.

51-year-old man, guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl, blames her

A 51-year-old Ohio man who plead guilty to raping a five-year-old girl tried to change his plea during sentencing. He didn't deny he had oral sex with her — the change was that he was no longer taking the blame for it. It was her fault, he said.

Philly Courthouse stops controversial strip-search of children

Philadelphia - Philadelphia's new Family Court made its debut last Monday with a less than pleasant policy that forced juvenile detainees to be strip-searched prior to attending court hearings. Fortunately, by Tuesday the policy was history.

Male teacher drags 14-year-old girl to pool during class

Stockton - A male PE teacher at a Stockton school was filmed dragging a 14-year-old girl, and trying to force her into the pool during his class.

Op-Ed: Finally, is this the truth about Amanda Knox?

Judge Alessandro Nencini upheld Amanda Knox’s guilty conviction this year, and his 350-page official report has just been translated from Italian into English. So what does it tell us? Is this, finally, the truth about Knox?

Police charity raises $500,000 for officer who shot Michael Brown

According to the business manager of his union, close to $500,000 has been raised for the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. It's unclear if Officer Darren Wilson has yet to receive all or a part of the money.

Texas letter carrier accused of delivering meth with mail

Waco - A Texas mail carrier was delivering more than just magazines and letters to locals along his route, according to charges filed by state authorities following a nearly year-long investigation.

FBI in Ferguson arrest two bomb suspects, city prepares

The FBI arrested two men on Friday on suspicion of buying bomb material with a purpose of using it when the announcement by the grand jury is made in the Michael Brown case. The men were arrested in Ferguson, a city waiting and hoping for peace.

Halifax prison staff face discipline for letting wrong inmate go

There will be disciplinary action taken against staff members at a Halifax jail who were involved in releasing a dangerous prisoner earlier this month. The man was not due to be let go and officials laid the blame on squarely on the staff involved.

Black widow arrested for ‘poisoning partners with cyanide’

Police in Japan raided the homes of the 67-year-old Japanese black widow, Chisako Kakehi, who was arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, as specifics of six former partners’ deaths transpire in local broadcasting.

Rookie NYPD cop fatally shoots unarmed man in Brooklyn project

New York - A rookie New York Police Department officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project late Thursday night in what the shooter allegedly told colleagues was an "accident."

Former Conservative staffer off to jail for robocalls

Guelph - Michael Sona, a former member of the Federal Conservative Party staff has been sentenced to nine months in jail for his role in the 2011 Federal Election robocalls scandal.

18 Remembrance Day poppy boxes stolen, Calgary police arrest two

Calgary - Among crimes that are not of the heinous variety, it is one that is nonetheless considered to be very low, certainly among those who honor their country's service men and women. Two people in Calgary have been arrested for allegedly stealing poppy boxes.

Utah bill proposes to bring back firing squad executions

Salt Lake City - Having previously discontinued the use of firing squad executions in Utah, a legislative committee has endorsed a bill that might bring the practice back.

Video & pictures surfaces from inside library during FSU shooting

Tallahassee - A shooting at Florida State University has left three students injured and the gunman killed by police. Twitter and Facebook users are posting videos and pictures as the event has been happening.
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